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‘OK Google’ is ‘OK Gone’ from the Chrome browser

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Google seems to slimming down its Chrome web browser, judging by another feature being cut from the team.

Just days after the company announced its notifications centre would be sacked off, the firm released Chrome 46 without ‘OK Google’ voice commands (via VentureBeat).

The feature, which had been baked into the browser since May 2014, had enabled users to perform Google searches from Google.com.

The voice assistant has been popular on Android, but hasn’t quite found the same niche on desktop platforms where users are usually sat at their keyboards anyway.

Users will still be able to search by voice, but now they’ll have to click the microphone instead, which, you know, sort of defies the whole point.

The removal affects users on Chrome for Windows, Mac and Linux, but the mobile and Chrome OS versions of the app will retain ‘OK Google’ access.

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Aside from the removal of ‘OK Google’ there’s little else to report in Chrome 46, aside from a few new developer features.

Is Google working towards a simpler, lighter version of Chrome, which is less memory sapping and does the basics well?

Moves to cut features deemed superfluous to requirements by users, would certainly suggest Google is trimming the fat from its popular web browsing tool.

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